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Join us for the performance of the New Mexico premiere of Christopher Tin’s majestic and moving 'The Lost Birds: An Extinction Elegy' on July 28 at 3:00pm at the performance space at V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, NM. The festival chorus will perform this extraordinary work with professional orchestra, conducted by Quintessence Artistic Director Matthew Greer. 'The Lost Birds' is a musical memorial to bird species driven to extinction by humankind. Sweeping and elegiac, it's a haunting tribute to those soaring flocks that once filled our skies, but whose songs have since been silenced. It's a celebration of their feathered beauty: their symbolism as messengers of hope, peace, and renewal. But it's also a warning about our own tenuous existence on the planet: that the fate that befell these once soaring flocks foreshadows our own extinction. 'The Lost Birds' received its premiere in February 2023 at Stanford University, performed by VOCES8 and the VOCES8 US Scholars. The recent recording by VOCES8 was nominated for a GRAMMY.

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